Teen Wins London Children of Courage Award

Alex Barton from Enfield was presented with the Special Recognition award at the London Children of Courage Awards last month. Alex was nominated by The Children’s Trust for the inspiration he has given to others since he was diagnosed with a devastating brain tumour in 2014. Organised by St James’s Place Charitable Foundation and hosted by Carrie and David Grant, the awards celebrated the lives of some very special children and young people from across greater London. Alex was just 15 when he acquired a brain injury following a procedure to remove a brain tumour. He was left with cognitive and communication difficulties and had lost his confidence.  He stayed at The Children’s Trust for specialist rehabilitation and despite his own difficulties, encouraged and inspired other young people staying at the centre. As he left The Children’s Trust he donated a bell for other children to ring at the end of their rehabilitation to celebrate their achievements, something children and families still look forward to today. Now 19, Alex recently achieved A-levels and secured a place at University. He is still heavily involved with the charity, helping to raise awareness of brain injury by giving talks and continuing to inspire other young people not to give up on their dreams. You can see Alex’s win here: 

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